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J & D Dance Academy
Erica Schroder, Director of Competitions Teams
603-359-9040
eligeski@gmail.com

Release Date: Immediate

LOCAL DANCE STUDIO KEEPS STUDENTS ENGAGED WITH QUARANTINE QUEEN PAGEANT

Local dance studio was forced to temporarily close due to COVID-19 but found fun ways to keep their students and families engaged and moving with weekly challenges, including a Quarantine Queen Pageant.

READING, MA, May 24, 2020 -- Isabel Fox, a Reading Memorial High School graduating senior, was recently crowned Quarantine Queen in a unique challenge put together by J & D Dance Academy. Fox secured her win by sharing a compelling answer to the question ‘what have you learned during quarantine’, as well as performing a unique runway walk and sharing her surprise talent as a visual artist. Fox received a custom-made sash as well as a crown for her big win; she was virtually celebrated by all of her fellow contestants, most of whom are also dancers at J & D Dance Academy.

Contestants in the Quarantine Queen Pageant were asked to submit videos of themselves giving an introduction and answering a question, walking the ‘runway’ and showcasing a talent or skill. For the runway walk they had the option to glam it up like a traditional pageant or turn tradition on its head and walk in their best quarantine ensemble. Fox mixed up her runway walk, doing a quick change halfway through from quarantine sweatshirt into her unworn prom dress!

Contestants also submitted videos dancing to the newly popular Todrick Hall song, ‘Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs’. Their submissions were turned into a full-length music video which was used as the pageant’s ‘opening number’. Contestants and their families tuned into Zoom for a live viewing of the opening routine, contestant submissions, a closing routine and of course awards.

This wasn’t the first challenge hosted by J & D Dance Academy. When J & D was forced to temporarily close due to COVID-19, teachers turned to weekly challenges to keep students engaged, and encouraged them to spend time doing something fun with their families. Students sent in videos of themselves each week, and tuned in for live viewings on Zoom every Sunday.

In total J & D held 10 challenges from March to May, and received more than 100 total submissions from over 30 students and their families (sometimes even including pets!). Some of the fan favorites included the 80’s Lip Sync Challenge as well as Routine Rewind where students dug in the archives and re-learned routines from years past.

J & D Dance Academy teachers thoroughly enjoyed engaging with students during these times of quarantine and social distancing, but are eager to get back to teaching in the studio soon! J & D Dance Academy has been a staple of the Reading Community for more than 20 years, offering dance classes to all ages in a family-friendly environment.

For more information about J & D Dance Academy, please visit us online at www.jddaor.com or call 781-942-5990.

Pageant Live Viewing Video: https://vimeo.com/423221247/f379f8f3e5
Dance Challenge Videos: https://www.jddaor.com/dance-challenge
Studio Website: https://www.jddaor.com

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